Michael Miller has been writing songs for fifty years. He is an oil painter, a composer and arranger, a folk singer and a recording artist. He has eclectic tastes in music and art. He has written for many different styles of music, from Rock to small classical ensemble, to electronic music. He has had his electronic music played to a concert audience at USC’s School of Music, where he studied classical guitar. Miller has played in rock & roll bands in the late 60’s and early 70’s. He played in coffee houses with acoustic guitar duos and trios throughout the 70’s. He performed at the Air Force World Talent Contest. During the 80’s and 90’s he was the lead vocalist in rock, beach and R&B bands at venues across South Carolina. He was a founding member and president of the, now defunct, South Carolina ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers).
The performance at the Tapps Arts Center will present what he calls his “parlor songs”, songs you could sit down and enjoy playing in someone’s living room. He will share his thoughts when writing the songs, and, in general, the compositional elements he feels are key in communicating with this art form.